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Following the Coronavirus

Dozen Walkers and Runners Set Out This Morning on Ogden Half Marathon Course

Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop die-hard runners and walkers from hitting the streets of Wheeling this morning to journey 13.1 miles for the postponed 44th running of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic. One Ogden Ironman, Pat Cronin, hit the course, along with a number of ...

Parks, Playgrounds Reopen in Wheeling Today

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling officially is set to reopen its parks and playgrounds today after being closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March. According to city officials, the reopening is scheduled for 4 p.m. today. City leaders noted that the future of public ...

Restaurants Salivating Over Reopening

MOUNDSVILLE/WHEELING — Restaurants across the Mountain State are slated to open their dining rooms today, and Moundsville’s establishments are no exception to the excitement. Prima Marina has continued serving customers since the beginning, first with carry-out orders, then among the first ...

Religious Leaders Earn A Merit ‘Badge’ From Girl Scouts

WHEELING — Several local religious communities — led by Temple Shalom in Wheeling — are providing more than spiritual nourishment to those in need. They are bringing dessert to many tables. On Wednesday, Rabbi Joshua Lief from Temple Shalom presented a $4,500 check to the Girls Scouts of ...

State Officials Provide Update on Huttonsville Coronavirus Outbreak

CHARLESTON — During Wednesday’s state coronavirus briefing, state officials gave additional information on a virus outbreak at a state prison, how the safer-at-home guidance should be applied and the next round of COVID-19 testing sites opening this weekend. According to Betsy Jividen, ...

The Linsly School Celebrated Senior Tradition

WHEELING – It has been more than eight weeks since members of Linsly’s graduating Class of 2020 have been on campus, but Linsly seniors had the opportunity on Wednesday to return in small groups to continue the tradition of senior brick-laying and shirt-signing. While many of the events ...

Oglebay to Host Memorial Day Fireworks Saturday

WHEELING – In celebration of Memorial Day, OglebayPark is kicking off the summer season with a breathtaking fireworks display and a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. Saturday over Schenk Lake. Visitors may view the fireworks from ...

Third Belmont Correctional Institution Inmate Dies of COVID-19

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Inmates are voicing concerns about what they believe are unsafe conditions inside Belmont Correctional Institution, where three prisoners have died of COVID-19. Meanwhile, an employee of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services has tested positive for the ...

Wheeling, Wellsburg Cancel July 4 Celebrations

WHEELING — Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks in the Ohio Valley are becoming the latest casualties of the COVID-19 after both Wheeling and Wellsburg announced this week they were canceling their Independence Day events. The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling jointly announced ...

Wheeling Park to Host Free Drive-In Movie on Friday

Wheeling Park kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with a free drive-in movie on Friday, May 22. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of Wheeling Park’s White Palace on Friday, May 22 to enjoy a free, family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Gates ...

Wheeling Officials Project $500K Deficit at Fiscal Year’s End

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling is expected to see a shortfall in revenue of about a half a million dollars as the COVID-19 pandemic slams the brakes on a fiscal year that is winding down. Looking ahead, the city’s new fiscal year that begins July 1 is expected to start off slowly in the ...

DHHR Completes Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has concluded its testing of residents and staff at nursing homes, while testing of assisted-living facilities and daycare staff continues. Dr. Cathy Slemp, state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public ...

First Inmate at State Prison in W.Va. Tests Positive for Coronavirus

CHARLESTON — After weeks without a single case, state officials announced Tuesday that an inmate in the state’s prison system has tested positive for the coronavirus. During his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that an inmate at the Huttonsville Correctional ...

Oglebay Institute Adapting During Pandemic

WHEELING – Oglebay Institute is a fixture in the Ohio Valley, bringing art, music, theater, educational camps and more to the young and young at heart. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a screeching halt to all of its in-person activities for more than two months. While OI President ...

City of Wheeling’s Tennis and Pickleball Courts Reopen

WHEEELING – Wheeling’s pickleball and tennis courts reopened to the public at noon Tuesday after they had been closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Assistant City Manager Bill Lanham said those utilizing the courts should take appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus and matches ...

South Korean high school seniors return to school

By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean students began returning to school on Wednesday, but not without some hitches, in a possible template for other countries struggling to reopen educational facilities. Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors ...

Nations reopen yet struggle to define ‘a new normal’

By NICOLE WINFIELD and MIKE CORDER Associated Press ROME (AP) — As nations around the world loosen coronavirus restrictions, people are discovering that the return to normal is anything but. Schools, offices, public transportation, bars and restaurants are now on the front lines of ...

Bronx ‘city within a city’ shaken by sickness, fear

By BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Tarhia Morton and her family were planning to party this year. She is retired after 40 years with the U.S. Postal Service. Her sister is turning 70. A birthday bash in Las Vegas was booked for August. That was before the coronavirus ...

Turkey’s pandemic strategy hinges on hazmat-suited gumshoes

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and MEHMET GUZEL Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — They see themselves as public health detectives, working 24/7 to track the coronavirus' insidious spread through a country of 83 million, blending door-to-door hoof work with mobile apps, CCTV footage and, if needed, ...